May you live in interesting times, and that is certainly a good hope for the Pacific-12 Conference football fans today. Nothing is ever boring out on the Best Coast, and even as the Conference of Champions might not have the attention of everyone, its fans are ready for more chaos.
The College Football Playoff already has written off the league for 2019, and if that’s the case, the league champ will “settle” for the Rose Bowl … hardly a consolation prize. Mythical titles don’t count, anyway; only real NCAA championships do.
Now, on to this weekend’s games, all on Saturday this time around, although there are only four games. Our predictions are struggling this year with a 30-14 record, so we hope this week starts a revival—but chaos is a ladder, right? We’re climbing it out west!
Arizona at Colorado (1:30 pm Saturday): This is actually a battle of the only teams in the South Division with unblemished conference records. Go figure. The Wildcats have won three straight since opening with a loss in Hawaii. The Buffaloes had a bye last week, coming off their upset road win at Arizona State. That favors the home team here, albeit slightly. Colorado 34, Arizona 31.
California at No. 13 Oregon (5 pm Saturday): Well, the Golden Bears’ rise to stardom didn’t last long, they dropped right out of the Top 15 with a loss last week on their home field to the Sun Devils. Perhaps that wasn’t fair, but the Ducks are probably licking their chops right now, catching the opponent in a down emotional moment of despair. This could get ugly, again, at Autzen. Oregon 48, California 14.
Oregon State at UCLA (6 pm Saturday): The poor Beavers can’t catch a break, but they’re so close. They dropped a close one at home to Stanford last week, and the Bruins should be happy to be home after two straight road games. Look for the home team to carry the day here, albeit not by much. UCLA 31, Oregon State 24.
No. 15 Washington at Stanford (7:30 pm Saturday): The Huskies arrived on the national scene as a power player in 2016 when they thrashed the Cardinal in a game at Husky Stadium in Seattle. Neither team is what it used to be, but Washington is still a very good, well-coached unit. We cannot say the same about the home team. Look for the Huskies to prevail, relatively comfortably. Washington 38, Stanford 28.
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